Museo della Pietá, Milan
Old Master in a new light
Located in Milan’s Museo della Pietá the compact underfloor boxes UDHome and OKB channels by OBO Bettermann ensure a discreet and flexible power supply around Michelangelo’s last masterpiece.
The “Rondanini Pietá” is the last and unfinished work of Michelangelo. The 89 year old master worked on the sculpture of Christ and the Virgin Mary only few days before his death in February 1564.
The past 60 years the famous sculpture was on display in the Antique Art Museum of the Sforza Castle in Milan. Now, it has been moved to the newly created Museo della Pietá inside the Ospedale Spagnolo (Spanish Hospital) of the Castle. The hospital was built at the end of the 16th century, the time of Michelangelo. Its frescos and decorations from that time have survived almost intact until today. The new museum is exclusively dedicated to Michelangelo’s last masterpiece. Famous designer and architect Michele De Lucchi designed the space putting the Pietá in perspective.
In order to implement the new design, especially the exceptional lighting concept of the new exhibit space, it needed not only a unique lighting system but also hidden and meanwhile elegant solutions for the power supply. The compact underfloor box UDHome and a special version of the OKB underfloor channels made a discreet feeding of cables possible. Without any visual interference of the electrical cable distribution this was made possible by OBOs products for underfloor installation. Additionally, with these products the routing of power and data lines could be realized without damaging the original fresco painted walls.
The open, screed-flush OKB trunking system is suitable for cable routing and covered installation of accessories in floors. In the new Museo della Pietá it is routed in front of the walls. A brush bar closes the cable outlet opening, which runs along the entire length of the trunking system. In order to offer electrical power further inside the space and closer to the sculpture the compact UDHome underfloor boxes were installed in the wood covered floors. The parts visible in the floor covering are made from stainless steel. As only pipelines were used for cable routing, it was possible to install the underfloor boxes anywhere in the floor and connect them with the trunking systems alongside the walls. This combination of OBO products fulfilled all the requirements for planning and design of the historical space. Allowing the Pietá to act on visitors without any visual interference.
City council Milano
aMDL Architetto Michele De Lucchi Srl – Michele De Lucchi
E.T.I. di Muggiati Ivan e Sacchi Fabio S.R.L., Pavia, Italien
- OBO agency
Francesco Fiore, Rivoli (TO), Italy
- OBO systems used
UDHome, OKB underfloor system